An exploration of the new tools at the disposal of UX designers for working with type.
The session will begin with a brief history of type on the web then move into the current state of the art. Topics will include an assessment of services than license @font-face fonts including Typekit, Monotype, and FontDeck, and how to use them successfully with Drupal. CSS3 standards for handling type will also be discussed with emphasis on incorporating effects like multi-column layout, hyphenation and justification, kerning, and drop-caps into their themes. Cross-browser and cross-platform issues will also be discussed, especially font smoothing in IE. The session will finish with a look into the future including what we can hope for (and what to lobby for) with CSS4, and what’s in the pipeline for the next browser releases.